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Indian Don to discuss leadership challenge

Sep 26, 2011 2:30:26 PM - www.ft.lk

The organisations around us are finding it difficult achieve the balance between growing faster and growing stronger. Organisations and leaders often talk about their inability to convert their potential to performance.
Higher attrition in several organisations has become a fact of life. People moving out often express their angst against the leaders they have worked for, and their organisations. Most of the blame for not being able to adjust is blamed on the ‘culture’ of the organisation.

What can I do to influence my organisation so that it takes the right path?  What are the balances that should be struck to ensure a setting where people feel wanted, they are cared for, but there is no desire to compromise on performance?
The answers to such questions are available in understanding the present and desired states of the organisational culture. As faceless systems are becoming ubiquitous and ever more present, the need for strong leadership skills is felt even more.
It is somewhat counter-intuitive, but the role of human leader intervention is becoming more salient. Consequently, the demands on today’s leaders are very high and they have to be very mindful of their actions. If this change has to be effected, the first step has to be realisation of the need to do so followed closely by developing a fresh perspective.The change would demand that a break is taken from the usual action cycle to get acquainted with some of the proven tools and techniques. The first objective of the one day workshop is to sensitize the participants about organisational culture as the binding force holding organisations, their people and systems.
The discussion will then move on to leadership’s role in setting up the culture, and how unknown-unseen actions set the tone for the culture to develop. The second half of the day will be devoted to discussing what and how of the changes that should be made so that potential is unlocked in favour of better performance. All these are designed to be achieved through interactive methods where people would discuss and work with each other.
Speaker Dr. Abhishek Goel will arrive in Sri Lanka to conduct programmes exclusively for CIMA Sri Lanka. Goel earned his PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and teaches Organisational Behaviour at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He teaches courses on organisational design, individual and group behaviour, and cross cultural management to various participants in face to face as well as online classes.
Dr. Goel believes in the holistic approach towards business and organising for results. He has been able to demonstrate his expertise in both micro and macro aspects of organisations and their functioning. His consulting assignments focus on alignment of various departments, people, creating leadership pipeline, and managing organisational change. The workshop ‘Organisational Culture: The Leadership Challenge’ is targeted at CEOs, directors, general managers and senior managers and will be held on Tuesday 4 October 2011 at the Galadari Hotel. Registration for the programme is now being accepted through email on mastercourses.srilanka@cimaglobal.com.

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